Jim Klug: Struggle Over Environment is “Life or Death” for Fly Fishing

August 22, 2011 By: Marshall Cutchin

Bob Marshall of the Times-Picayune interviewed AFFTA chairman and Yellow Dog Fly Fishing owner Jim Klug at this week’s IFTD show and heard some pointed remarks about how congressional mismanagement of environmental policy could lead to disaster for the fly fishing industry.

“‘I’ve always been a Montana Republican, and I never thought I would see the Republican Party doing this kind of stuff,’ [Klug] said. ‘I guess I think of myself as a Teddy Roosevelt Republican, someone who is conservative fiscally, but who cares about protecting the environment, protecting fish and wildlife, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s smart business, too.'”